Message From CEO – 15 September 2019
Thank you all – leaders, teachers, staff, parents and governors – for working together to nurture and promote the on-going development of learning in our schools and across our Trust. It is your skill, time and commitment that enables our schools to provide high quality environments with opportunities for every pupil to learn, thrive and grow with enjoyment, creativity and a sense of wonder.
At the first Academy Leaders’ Day of the new academic year, Head teachers and members of the Central team will be exploring our Trust wide curriculum intent, how this is implemented in each school and the learning that this will enable for all our pupils.
The Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust approach to the curriculum is to support and enable all our schools to provide a curriculum that:
- Is tailored to meet the needs of the school, its context and its pupils
- Is rooted in the unique context of each school, drawing on its culture, heritage and community
- Provides experience of and connections to the world beyond the school in both time and place
- Provides a broad range of creative learning experiences to develop children’s moral, spiritual, social, mental, physical and cultural understanding
- Provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our five core Christian values – kindness, respect, perseverance, forgiveness, love
- Is ambitious for all pupils
- Recognises, celebrates and welcomes each pupil as a unique individual
- Secures pupils’ core skills, knowledge and understanding to at least an age appropriate level and beyond, and is adapted, designed and developed for pupils with learning needs or disabilities
- Provides both coverage of the National Curriculum and appropriate progression from EYFS to Y6 and beyond
- Provides enrichment opportunities to broaden and enhance the curriculum experience for pupils
- Is flexible and responds to pupils’ feedback, the evaluations of how well pupils learn and make progress, and in pupils’ performance in external and internal assessments
All pupils in our Trust should:
- Enjoy learning and understand the importance of this for their growth and development
- Understand and apply Christian values that enhance the experience and development of themselves and others
- Demonstrate positive behaviour that reflects the core Christian values of the Trust
- Have a sense of belonging to their community
- Be confident, ambitious, aspirational, self-evaluative, learners who are engaged, excited and empowered by their learning experiences
- Have a sense of pride in who they are, where they live and the school they attend
- Make a positive contribution to their community and wider society
- Be well prepared for life in modern Britain
- Achieve at least age-related expectations across the curriculum including in reading, writing and mathematics unless pupils’ disabilities or learning needs mean that this is not possible
- Make good progress across the curriculum appropriate to their prior attainment
- Experience equality of opportunity, addressing any gaps in their knowledge, skills and understanding, to diminish social disadvantage
- Achieve well in external assessment against National benchmarks at the end of each key stage
- Articulate their hopes and aspirations for their future
Over the coming term we will be working together to refine further our curriculum intent, and to fully describe how each individual school develops and implements a curriculum to meet the needs of their learners.
Mrs Dyer, Year 6 teacher at St John and St Francis Church School, has shared the exciting learning experiences provided for pupils at the start of this term. The focus of their learning is ‘Aspirations’. They have welcomed into school members of their community from a range of different professions to share their experiences, and inspire pupils for the year ahead and beyond. Children have talked with a test pilot, police officer, staff nurse, midwife, mechanic, sports instructor, paramedic, a parent who works for the Environment Agency, the owner of a local firework company and their local MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger.
This week has also been a wonderful week at Oakhill and Bishops Lydeard Church schools. The local Pre-Schools in each community have now moved on to the school sites. I will share more details of how the wider community in both schools have worked so positively together to provide the very best opportunity for pupils in their village. When pictures are available and both have had their formal opening ceremonies, I will feature these exciting developments.
Thank you to leaders, teachers and staff, and school communities, for the way you work together to create a curriculum which generates enjoyment, ambition and excitement for pupils, that nurtures and supports their growth in mind, body and spirit, and encourages each child to have the confidence to reach further, aim higher, and to achieve more than they thought possible.